Breaking the rules isn’t all bad. However, what happens when a teacher does what Tami Brass says in this comment on my blog entry, “My Teacher Made Me Do It?” In that blog entry, I share the example of teachers who encourage students to sign up for email accounts or web services that they are under-age…without parent consent, as if that would make it any better. Tami writes:
I’ve struggled with this issue more than once. The arguments I get from teachers are “nobody reads the user agreements anyway”, “kids do it all the time”, “nobody actually checks this stuff”, and “they all have Facebook pages before they’re 13″…. Drives me crazy. I spend a big chunk of time helping kids to get it and do training with parents a couple of times per year, but getting teachers and administrators to get it is another thing. It’s somewhat comforting to know I’m not the only one facing the issue.
In a follow-up tweet, Tami asks a question I have yet to hear answers from administrators and teachers on the Web:
How do you deal with teachers who encourage misuse for convenience?
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